University Police Officer

Washington, DC
Georgetown University

Position Summary:

The University Police Officer performs law enforcement functions on University property necessary to protect the life, well-being, and property of students, faculty, staff, visitors, dignitaries, and others through policing, patrol, event security, and investigation. They understand access control systems, and circulation and safety systems; effect arrests, and provide emergency response as outlined in General Orders and Special Orders, as directed by superior officers, and as proscribed in the Consortium of Universities Law Enforcement Training Academy (or equivalent) and other departmental trainings; and support the University community by providing information and assistance.

Essential Functions:

  • Provide police and security services while protecting life and property, and perform police patrol duties on foot, by motor vehicle, and/or bicycle – to include response to all calls for service, suspicious activities and emergencies.
  • Enforce all United States, District of Columbia laws and University rules and regulations, and support the university community by establishing and maintaining an environment in which all community members can go safely about their varied activities in the best interest of the university.
  • Accurately and thoroughly prepare incident reports, safeguard information and evidence to ensure successful follow up and resolution, and initiate preliminary investigations of criminal and traffic incidents.
  • Conduct traffic enforcement, and provide first responder aid; and when required, support and aid anyone who has been a victim of crime.
  • Attend court for case review and testimony whenever necessary, regardless of other commitments.
  • As part of the community-oriented policing program, regularly gather and report intelligence related to public safety and crime prevention, and conduct crime risk analysis within the campus assigned area.
  • Identify and analyze recurring community problems, work to identify responses to them, and prepare and coordinate tasks to be accomplished within the campus assigned area.
  • Prepare evaluation reports describing task accomplishment related to community policing goals and objectives, and conducting speaking presentations on topics that have been identified through surveys and analysis without supervision.
  • In support of the university’s higher education objectives, become well acquainted with members of the University community.
  • In the absence of the Communications Officer, answer all telephone calls and respond to emergencies, burglar alarms, fire alarms, and requests for service.
  • Monitor all burglar/security alarms, cameras and fire alarms; track University Police activities at dispatch; and perform other duties as assigned.


  • High School diploma or equivalency.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and must be able to pass Georgetown University driver’s certification.
  • All applicants are subject to a written test, a report writing test, drug test, physical examination by a medical doctor to University specifications, and extensive psychological testing.
  • Must be able to pass a comprehensive background investigation.
  • For Non-Lateral Hires: Must be eligible to obtain and maintain a Campus Special Police Officer Commission; and must be able to complete all required university police training, to include certification in Arrest Control Tactics, Baton, and OC-based Aerosol Subject Restraint. Training includes successful completion of the Consortium of Universities Law Enforcement Academy within the probation period.
  • For Lateral Hires: Must have current certification in Baton/OC Spray; must have successfully completed the Consortium of Universities Law Enforcement Academy or equivalent training and certification from a civilian or military law enforcement academy; and should have basic to intermediate knowledge of criminal and civil law and police policies and procedures.
  • Must be comfortable using computers including Microsoft Word, and email and/or the ability to learn these applications.
  • Must possess tact, patience, a professional and courteous demeanor in order to deal with students, staff, faculty, visitors, and community members.
  • Must respect the use of police powers in relation to a University environment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills, including report writing.